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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a simple treat pocket using the Envelope Punch Board. I can’t believe this awesome tool is retiring, so I had to show you one of my favourite projects with it before it’s gone!

You’ll need:
Envelope Punch Board
DSP cut to 4.5″ square

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Have you made any other cool creations with the Envelope Punch Board? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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I’ve been really busy in the craft studio lately, creating lots of different projects to showcase the beautiful new products in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues. I’ll share some of those creations – along with what I hope is a useful insight – with you today!

broadway cut card front

I created this card for a sketch challenge I found on another demonstrator’s page. I admit, the end result is not as awesome as I was hoping – but experimenting and trying different things is part of living a rich creative life, and I can learn from creations I don’t like as much as I learn from creations I’m proud of. In any case, this card prompted me to notice how little of the Broadway Bound paper I had left, and I decided to go ahead and use it all up….

broadway

… which led me to the creation of this card! I like the way the gold glimmer paper coordinates with the gold foil numbers on the DSP, and the two-step stamping from the Broadway Birthday stamp set matches the stylistic dots on the numbers as well!

butterflies squares

Butterfly Gala is one of my favourites, and I loved creating this card as my swap for this month’s team meeting. I’m really pleased with how it came together! Although cutting out all those squares took some time, the result is well worth it. I hope my teammates enjoy the cards!

hoppy

Inspired by Stampin’ Up!’s recent #simplestampin campaign, I wanted to create a card that showcased simple tools and techniques, featuring the “Hoppy for You” stamp set. You can earn this adorable stamp set free when you spend $60 during Sale-a-Bration! This card, along with the next two, are for next month’s workshops.

roost

Home to Roost” is the style of stamp set that is totally out of my comfort zone, but once in a while it’s good to try new things, right? I love the sentiment stamps (including the font!) and the grass, and that rooster looks good no matter what colours are used. This stamp set can also be earned free with a $60 purchase!

petals2

I can’t believe how long it took me to play with Pop of Petals from the annual catalogue – especially considering it was one of the very first things I ordered! I’m glad I finally got around to it, and I think the Gingham Gala DSP makes a perfect match for it. The sentiment stamp is from “Part of My Story“, a free Sale-a-Bration item.

And here’s the useful (I hope) insight. We’re often reminded that social media is a “highlight reel”, while we may be living a life that feels more like a collection of bloopers. Crafting is no different. When I post my creations online, or demonstrate them at a class, readers and attendees see the end results – the card I’m proud of – and may not be aware that I had to work through several versions I tried and hated, before figuring out how to make something I love. So, the beautiful Pop of Petals card above? Here’s what the first version looked like (I’m cringing, but sharing anyway!)

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So next time you sit down to create something, and then find out that you’re unhappy with the results – YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Don’t give up – you’re at the first stage of the creative process, and you might have to try a few more times before your disappointment turns into satisfaction and then pride.

Lesson over – moving on! 😉

octopus

After using up the last of my Broadway Bound DSP, it was time to dive in (heh) to Tranquil Textures DSP! I made a big batch of these charming octopus cards last summer and they were very popular, so I decided to stick with the same design to use up the last pieces of this wonderful paper. I really love the rich colours and the textures in the paper – it has a hand-painted look to it, and is perfect for masculine cards.

twin girls

And finally, this is one of my very favourite cards that I’ve created lately, using a mix of old and new products. The paper, stamps, and thinlits are retired, but the ribbon is new (another free Sale-a-Bration item), as well as the “Congratulations” stamp which is from Hand-Delivered. I’ve had the Twinkle Twinkle bundle on my list for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to buying it … meanwhile, a customer contacted me for a custom job, needing a card for the birth of twin girls. She and I were both very pleased with the result!

Leave me a comment and show me one of your recent creations! I’d love to see what you’re up to! If you’re inspired by any of the above, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store – and if you’re local to Nanaimo, you can sign up for a workshop on my events page.

Happy Stampin’!

 

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During Christmas break of 2017 – yes, just over a year ago – I spent a lot of happy hours in my craft studio, churning out holiday cards to give in 2018. I figured I may as well use up all the Christmas paper I had on hand, while I was still in the holiday spirit, and knowing that I’d get excited about new paper and products when the next holiday catalogue appeared! That practice served me really well, since the lead up to Christmas 2018 was extremely busy with my involvement in Nanaimo Theatre Group’s Christmas panto production. It was awesome to already have 200+ Christmas cards on hand for personal giving as well as stocking my two consignor stores and participating in craft fairs.

I decided to continue the practice this year, but as you can imagine, the project didn’t get done over Christmas (see above note re: theatre busyness!) so I’m still working on it now. I hope you’ll forgive me for sharing some out-of-season Christmas cards with you … or even get inspired to join in and use up your Christmas papers throughout the off-season, so you’re ready for the holidays ahead of time!

ornament

Here’s one of my Christmas creations, using up the red foil paper I’ve been hoarding for a couple of years. Since I had so much on hand, I indulged in this simple yet striking design. The multipurpose adhesive sheets were very helpful in attaching those detailed ornaments to the card! I just need to add one finishing touch, a silver glimmer cap on top of the ornament.

shine

“Making Christmas Bright” is one of my favourite stamp sets from the 2018 holiday catalogue, and it is still available! I used up the last of my “All is Bright” designer series paper to make a batch of these adorable cards.

reindeer

These charming reindeer are made with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and co-ordinating punch. It’s a simple card but will brighten someone’s day for sure!

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I just had to add a touch of sparkling gold glimmer paper to offset this beautiful paper from the “All is Bright” DSP pack. I can’t wait to give these cards out next season!

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And finally – who remembers the “Merry Music” pack that Stampin’ Up! released in 2017? I still had almost a full pack of it left, and the time has come to turn that beautiful paper into beautiful cards. Which variety do you like better?

What kind of Christmas cards do you like to create? Share your creations in the comments! If you’re inspired by the creations above, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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Happy New Year! As the holiday season draws to a close, I wanted to share some of the beautiful handmade Christmas cards I received from friends, customers, and even strangers from around the world.

I’ve posted before about the fabulous Random Act of Kindness card group I belong to on Facebook. Here’s one I received in December. It might be hard to tell from the photo, but it uses the gold foil-edged cards, as well as red glimmer paper, silver foil, and gold foil. So much bling – perfect for the holidays!

all is bright

The Dashing Deer stamp set has been very popular this season, and hooray – it’s continuing on for the next few months! This beautiful card is also from a RAK friend, and uses gold embossing powder to make that deer really shine.

deer

The exclusive Snow is Glistening stamp set was offered for sale in November, and my customer Angela made very good use of it to create this stunning card. I love how she used gold embossing on the snowflake, and beautiful rhinestones to decorate the tree.

glistening

Although I’m a non-drinker, I still appreciate the clever sentiments and beautiful images on this card featuring the Half-Full stamp set. My customer Trudy used the fine-tip glue pen to make the wine glass and bottle appear like they are full of liquid. Cool effect, eh?

half full

This card came from a customer I haven’t met yet – we’ve emailed back and forth over the last couple of years, and she recently moved to my town and will be coming to class this month! I’m looking forward to meeting her, and am tickled that she remembered me in her Christmas card mailout this year. This adorable card features a retired stamp set that I just love, set off with white embossing powder and charming red and gold embellishments. So beautiful – thank you, Chigusa!

retired

I was in awe of this gorgeous shaker card created by my friend Dawn of Dawn’s Custom Cards. Just look at all that fun Christmasy bling in there! And the background of the shaker is silver foil, which is why you can see my hands reflected in the photo 😉

shaker

My friend Christine used the Star of Light stamp set along with both white and silver embossing powder to make this stunning card. I just love how elegant it is! I love watching how Christine has embraced her creative side in the past year, and finds so much joy in creating.

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I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! Did you send or receive any handmade cards? Share your photos in the comments!

Hope you enjoy these beautiful cards as much as I do! If these fabulous cards inspire you to order any of the products shown, you can shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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I asked you in a previous post which of my craft fair projects you’d like to see a tutorial for, and the answer was “candle card”! Here are the instructions to make this awesome project!

Believe it or not, this card is made with only ONE piece of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock! Score along the short side at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″ & 8 1/4″. (Open up the long arm at the side of your trimmer to see the 8 1/4″ measurement.)

Along the long side, score at 4 1/4″. Your cardstock should now look like this:

Now you’re going to cut along the 4 1/4″ score line from the first intersection of score lines to the third intersection, as shown by the black line in the photo below.

To do this, line up your cardstock at the 4 1/4″ measurement, and with the ruler up, put the blade at the first score line. Lower the ruler and cut down to the third score line, and then lift your blade.

Now your cardstock looks like this (from the side):

And from above:

Add adhesive as shown by the red line below, on both “top” corners. Stick your cardstock together to create the shape above.

Pinch the centre of your card together and fold the other two flaps behind, as shown below.

Use whatever thinlit shape you’d like to create an opening in your card centre.

Here is the top view of this step:

You can run this through your Big Shot and cut both openings at the same time, HOWEVER, you will not be able to run the cardstock all the way through – that’s because the part of the cardstock you are not cutting is six layers. Run it halfway through and then back out again.

Now that you’ve created your cardbase, it’s time to decorate! If you’re using vellum, add adhesive only to the corners – if you run adhesive all along the edges, it will show through your centre openings.

I used the Hometown Greetings edgelits to create these shapes. As you can see below, you’ll want to leave yourself lots of room below the shapes. Add adhesive as shown by the red lines.

Cut two pieces of white cardstock, 2.5 x 4″. Stamp to decorate as desired. I left one side mostly blank so it can be written on.

Decorate the front of the card as desired.

Here is the finished card, with a battery-operated tealight candle inside.

Have you made any home decor projects or gift items? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

 

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Gift Card Holders are so useful this time of year, and you won’t find a simpler design than this one!

 

Garden Green cardstock: 4.25 x 11″; score at 2.75 and 5.5″
White insert: 4 x 5.25″
All is Bright Designer Series Paper: 2.5 x 4″

Use the 1″ circle punch to punch a ‘thumb-hole’ in the side of the smallest section of the Garden Green cardstock.

Fold the smallest section of the cardstock to form a pocket for the gift card. Use Tear & Tape adhesive to attach at just the top and bottom, leaving room to slide in the gift card.

Stamp the right side of the white insert with desired sentiment and image, so that it is visible when the card is open. Attach the insert to your cardbase.

Insert your gift card, and you’re done! This gift card holder even fits in a standard notecard-size envelope, so it’s easy to give or to mail.

Have you made any gift card holders this year? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Why did I sign up to do two craft fairs this month? I have no idea.

That’s how I roll sometimes, though! (Note: Sometimes = All the Time. As my long-suffering husband would tell you.)

I decided to up the difficulty level on this particular project by not ordering any additional Stampin’ Up! tools or supplies prior to the event. I could only use what I had on hand, as well as buying supplementary items that I could get locally (e.g., chapsticks for my chapstick holders).

Me at Vendor Splendor fair, November 3rd.

Here are the items I had for sale at the two fairs I attended – in addition to good old-fashioned greeting cards, which I was selling by the singles and in an acetate box as a five-pack.

Most of these projects were new for me, so I had lots of fun learning how to make them, and discovering along the way which ones were worth the time and effort, and which ones weren’t. Given more time (and more varied supplies), there is certainly no shortage of charming gift projects to make, and I found plenty of inspiration on the Craft Fairs, Stampin’ Style Facebook group.

I went for variety of products rather than huge quantity in any one product, which meant I sold out of a few things, including the beautiful candle cards below. On the second day of the two-day event, I had people coming back to my booth to ask about the candle cards they’d seen the previous day…. but they were all gone!

Front of candle card
Inside of candle card

I also sold out of the star photo albums I made several years ago, the last time I was doing craft fairs. Last time I offered these, they were not a hot item. I got them out of the box they were stored in, figuring I might as well give it a shot … and by noon on the second day, I had none left. You never know!

Surprise, surprise …. after making all those gift items, the biggest sellers were CARDS! I sold over 85 cards, in singles, trios, and 5-packs (which I packaged in clear acetate boxes).

Which of these projects would you like to make? Comment below, and I’ll share a tutorial in the coming weeks!

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I am an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Nanaimo, BC. I love creating cards and other handmade projects, and I love showing others how they can make their own creations! I hope you can find creative inspiration through my blog and my classes. Thanks for stopping by!

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